You’ve found the home of your dreams and your offer was accepted. You made it through due diligence, had the items fixed on the inspection list and are now counting down the days until you move-in. But, there is one more thing you must do before closing, the final walkthrough.
Oftentimes, the final walkthrough takes place just hours before closing. We have some tips for you to look out for as you get ready to close on your new home.
The Home Isn’t Empty
Unless previously agreed upon, sometimes sellers wait until the last minute to completely empty the home. If the home isn’t in the condition you agreed upon, you may need to contact the seller to have them clean up before closing. In this case, you will need to do another walkthrough.
The Utilities Have Been Shut Off
Agents should always stipulate that utilities stay on through the final walkthrough. You will need to flush every toilet, turn on every faucet to check for leaks, turn on every light fixture, check garage door openers, oven, microwave and any other appliances that are being left behind. If any of these items are in need of repair, you can then ask for an allowance before closing.
There Is Damage To the Walls
Did a wall get damaged while the seller was moving out? Was a TV removed from the wall leaving holes? These can be big issues and you can ask for an allowance to have these repaired before you close on the home.
The HVAC Systems Are Not Working
Test the heating and cooling of the home during the final walkthrough. If the home is not heating or cooling properly, a negotiation would need to take place.
Final Walkthrough Checklist
The final walkthrough is the final time you have to be sure that the home is in the condition agreed upon and move-in ready. Take this handy checklist along with you to ensure you don’t miss any steps.
- Turn all light switches on and off to ensure light fixtures and ceiling fans are working.
- Bring something along to test all of the electrical outlets.
- Run all sink and bath faucets, and check for any leaks under the sink.
- Test all of the kitchen appliances and run the garbage disposal.
- Ensure the garage door opens and closes, and the remote(s) works.
- Run the heater and air conditioner.
- Turn on and test the fireplace.
- Open and close all windows and doors.
- Flush toilets to check for leaks or problems.
- Run the exhaust fans in the bathrooms and kitchen.
- Inspect the walls, flooring, and ceilings.
- Check exterior for damage or new cosmetic issues.
- Make sure all garbage, personal belongings, and other items have been removed.
Buying a new home can be stressful, but with the right professional by your side, it will be one of the major milestones of your life. If you are interested in learning more about the real estate services offered by Dickens Mitchener, give us a call at 704.661.2402 or contact us here.